NORTH MANKATO — A new partnership will allow South Central College nursing students to seamlessly transfer to Metropolitan State University.
Leaders of the colleges announced an expanded articulation program Thursday that will make it even easier for future nurses to earn an associates degree in nursing at either of South Central College's two campuses and go on to Metropolitan State University to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing.
All colleges and universities within the Minnesota State system already have an articulation agreement guaranteeing graduates of two-year nursing programs with good academic standing the opportunity to continue their studies at a four-year university.
“The 'Metro Plan' takes this agreement one step forward,” said SCC President Annette Parker.
The partnership provides SCC students with a guided plan of required coursework and counselors to facilitate the transition.
“We always hear that students are concerned about whether or not all of their credits will transfer, and that will not be an issue here,” said Metro State University President Virginia Arthur.
The transfer program is targeted at students who want to work in the field while they complete their degree.
After becoming a registered nurse at SCC, Metropolitan State University Dean Judith Graziano said students can study at their own pace to complete their bachelor's degree.
Metropolitan State is in St. Paul but its program is predominately online and its students live across the state, Graziano said.
SCC's RN program and Metropolitan State's RN to BSN program both currently have nearly 100 students, their leaders said.
Parker and Graziano said they also are talking about additional potential partnerships between their institutions.